Monthly Archives: April 2012

What’s in My Bag : Quick Trip!

Yes, it all fits in my little Burt’s Bees bag.

Just a quick little photo post! I’m visiting my family in Houston, and it is humid! I always try to travel light, and as sweaty as it’s been, make-up seems like it’ll just melt off my face.

Some of this stuff is always in my make-up bag (Smashbox Photo Op Under Eye Brightener, Revlon Colorstay Eyeshadow Quad in Blushed Wines, some MAC eyeshadow brushes, and my Too Faced Katbuki Brush), but when I travel, there are some products that help me keep my load small and compact:

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream in Fair // This is my first bb cream and I’m in love. It’s like a tinted moisturizer with a higher coverage payoff. I don’t have to use primer (although with my dry skin I still have to moisturize beforehand), so I just bring this little bottle instead of my primer and my foundation. Plus it has SPF 35, so even if it smells a little like sunscreen, I don’t care because I love knowing it has the added protection in it.

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment mini & Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Lollipop //The Fresh lip balm always makes my lips feel awesome, so I always have it with me, but especially on vacation because even without color it improves the appearance of my raggedy ole kisser. Anyone who reads this blog regularly knows I’m addicted to Revlon Lip Butters, and Lollipop is a great summer color. It’s a bright pink fuscia, but since it’s a lip balm hybrid, I don’t have to pay for the color with dry lips.

Pink Grapefruit Body Butter Mini from The Body Shop // I have Becca from Ribbons in Curls to thank for this. The other night I was complaining about dry hands and she produced a magic, tiny body butter from her purse. I immediately when out and bought two. I got a strawberry (the one she had) and the grapefruit because the Body Shop had a BOGO special. It’s so cute and tiny and moisturizing! Normally scented things don’t cut it with my skin, but this stuff has blown me away. Plus my mom and sister really like it.

Soap and Paper Factory Midnight Solid Perfume //Jasmine is a really nostalgic scent for me. My grandma’s backyard has tons of jasmine in it, and since she has a pool we spent a lot of time back there when I was a kid. This solid perfume is portable, won’t spill in my bag, and it smells exactly like my Gammy’s backyard. It’s straight up jasmine.

And that’s that! I’m off to hang with my fim fam. See you later!

P.S. Ribbon shapes for Photoshop are from Pugly Pixel (who else?).

P.P.S. I didn’t cover everything in my bag, so if you have any questions about a product I didn’t list, ask away in the comments!

Getting Organized

Acrylic Lipstick Holder & Acrylic Cosmetic Organizer, both from the Container Store!

Sorry for the yellow photos! My vanity area is far away from the window so I have zero access to natural light.

I still have awhile to go, but it’s a start! I’ve been able to keep my counter top cleaned off ever since. With the exception of lip butters (I’m addicted dangit), I’m on a make up ban. The big thing I need to do is just reduce the amount of cosmetics I own. I’m allowing myself some skin products and new shampoo cause I blow through those must faster than other make-up, but that’s all.

Every time I go into the Container Store I want to buy everything, but I managed to only buy these two. I think realistically I should’ve gotten the 24 slot lipstick holder, but I under estimated my love of lip color. Oops!

The Bee’s Knees!

Ugggh sorry for the pun. I had no inspiration for titles, and it was so easy to give in.

Tank Top – Old Navy // Skirt – Express // Lace-back Cardigan – Forever 21 // Heels – Payless // Bee Necklace – DIY // Bee Ring – Charming Charlie’s

Detail shots of the stars of this post!

First off, I have to give credit for the photo editing and cloud brushes I used. I have discovered the beauty of Photoshop Actions, and I downloaded actions from Wish Wish Wish. It makes it so easy to get beautiful photos. I can’t help but feel a little bit guilty because it’s so hands-free, but it’s fun to go through and see how she works her magic. The cloud brushes are from Lauren Harrison on Animus. They’re so fun! Both of them helped me spice up a post that I was feeling pretty blah about (I was really hot and gross when I got home from work and almost didn’t take photos), and I came across both at Pugly Pixel.

I recently did some makeup organizing that I’m really proud of, so I’ll probably throw together some before and afters soon. I still have way too much and I’m slowly paring down my collection to what I REALLY use, not just what I convince myself I might use soon, but it’s a start. See you then!

Violet Ombre Nails

Ombre nails! I think purples are the only colors I have enough of to do this, and I really like it. Even Mark, who sometimes gets overwhelmed by my ever-changing nails, seems to be a fan. He even helped me take photos today!

Mark and I are both off work today so I got dolled up a bit more than usual for not going into the office. I tried some e.l.f. 2 in 1 Conditioning Lip Gloss in Plumtastic over my Revlon Colorburst in Rosy Nude, and normally I don’t like shiny lips, but I could see this look for work. I’m also wearing the Sally Hansen Sheerest Cream Blush in Ginger that Becca gave me a few weeks ago when we were trading make-up. At first I was scared because it was so dark before I blended it, but now I’m wearing it every other day.

I’ve been toying with the idea of doing a more work-friendly version of ombre hair for work since I have to keep it pretty vanilla. I want to dye the ends a lighter auburn kind of like this (source). Yay or nay? If it’s a nay, be gentle. I’m sensitive about my hypothetical hair.

April Birchbox

This month’s theme was natural wonders, hence all the green paper. I love any box with nail polish to be frank, but I like the cuticle salve and the convenience of the face cleansers, so you win this month Birchbox. You get my ten bucks another month.

1. Willa Gentle Cleansing Lavender Facial TowelettesPretty good, but it’s more lavender! I wish I’d gotten the Yes! To Blueberries face towelettes instead, but it’s not a total loss. They dry my skin out a little bit, but I usually moisturize after washing my face anyways. I can’t lie though, they don’t get everything. I still have to use eye makeup remover. A little pack like this would be great to take on vacation, way more compact than my bottle of Cetaphil facial cleanser. If only I were going on a trip soon…

2. J.R. Watkins Hand and Cuticle Salve – I like the way this turns from a solid to oil so easily. I have a cuticle salve from Burt’s Bees that was always too waxy to really make my nail beds feel moisturized. As I’ve mentioned before, lavender is not my favorite scent, but it isn’t overpowering in this product.

3. Wonderstruck Fragrance by Taylor Swift – It’s very fruity and floral, and as much as I’m not a fan of Taylor Swift the musician, I can’t help but like it. The only reason I wouldn’t buy a full size is because it doesn’t have a distinctive scent. It smells a lot like a more concentrated version of some fruity body spray from Bath & Body Works. I can’t identify a specific fruit or flower scent either, BUT the sample is great for my purse because I haven’t been crazy about the last couple of fragrance samples I’ve received. Even if it’s nondescript, it is lovely and sweet and seems fitting for the summer months.

4. Zoya Nail Color in Bevin – So happy I got this! I was really taken by the new spring colors from Zoya, and this one hits the nail (haha) on the head. It’s a soft green-blue with just enough grey to make it feel less pastel or Eastery. Like most Zoya polishes I own, it has great staying power even without a top coat. I do a lot of typing at work, so I usually start to lose polish on the tip of my nail pretty evenly, but Zoya does the best job at sticking it out with me. I’m wearing it in this post, and that’s after a few days on my nails.

(Not Pictured) dropps Laundry Detergent – To be perfectly honest, this was not impressive. It used it to wash a load of clothes, and they didn’t come out any cleaner or softer. I know it’s supposed to be more eco-friendly, but it’d be nice if it cleaned as well or better than the detergent I regularly use.

That’s it for this box! Becca also gave me the Zoya nail color she got in her box (Lotus), and I’m thrilled because I love all the swatches I’ve seen from the TRUE Spring Collection. It’s a muted purple with sparkly red-violet throughout. I think I see a nail swatch in my future y’all.

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